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Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering

By: National Academy of Engineering(NAE) National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

84 pages, B/w photos

National Academies Press (NAP)

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #87202 | ISBN: 0309063639
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This guide offers helpful advice on how teachers, administrators, and career advisers in science and engineering can become better mentors to their students. It starts with the premise that a successful mentor guides students in a variety of ways: by helping them get the most from their educational experience, by introducing them to and making them comfortable with a specific disciplinary culture, and by offering assistance with the search for suitable employment. Other topics covered in the guide include career planning, time management, writing development, and responsible scientific conduct. Also included is a valuable list of bibliographical and Internet resources on mentoring and related topics.


What is a mentor?: the mentoring relationship; professional ethics; population-diversity issues. The mentor as a faculty adviser: mentoring undergradutaes; mentoring graduate students; mentoring postdoctoral students; mentoring junior faculty. The mentor as career adviser: envisioning and planning a career; undergraduates - early perspectives; graduate students - helping students to become colleagues; postdoctoral students - finding a "real" job; the career as continuum. The mentor as skills consultant; developing skills as an undergraduate; developing skills as a graduate student; skills for all levels. The mentor as role model. Recommendations - improving the quality of mentoring.

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